Disney’s The Lion King Musical premieres in Manila this 2018. Experience it like never before! So mark your calendars for the best musical event ever!
THE MOST-LOVED MUSICAL IS COMING TO MANILA
It was March 7, Tuesday, when Michael Cassel Group announced the first international tour of the well-loved musical as part of their 20th anniversary. The company will also work with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.
It is no doubt that the announcement started a huge response since that the Lion King is one of the biggest animated films of all time. The musical has even won Oscars for the song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Other countries included on the international tour include Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa.
The Lion King follows the story of a young lion, Simba, born into royale family. He flees his tribe after her father was killed by his uncle, Scar. When he grew up, he hears the plea from the inhabitants of his land, hence, begins his mission of taking over to be king.
THE CAST OF THE LION KING
Now let’s meet the cast, shall we? In an article published by Inquirer.net, joining the company are six child actors from the Philippines. Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac, and Juan Tiongson; and sharing the role for Young Nala are Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin and Felicity Napuli.
The cast features alumni who have performed in previous productions around the world. Those included are the following:
London, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Basel, Hamburg, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and Johannesburg engagements and the UK and Australian tours. Also those along with a host of emerging talent from South Africa that will make this one of the most sensational casts to appear in acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s groundbreaking musical.
Photo via Joan Marcus
A talented cast diverse international performers which will star in “Disney’s The Lion King,” begins performances at The Theatre at Solaire on March 18, 2018. They will then transfer to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, starting June 27, 2018.
Ntsepa Pitjeng returns to the role of Rafiki, having performed the role in the US, UK, Brazil and Switzerland productions. Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of Mufasa.
Also from the United Kingdom is music theater performer Antony Lawrence as Scar. Andre Jewson plays Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon and South African favorite Pierre van Heerden will return as Pumba. Candida Mosoma is also back as Shenzi, with Bjorn Blignaut as Banzai and Mark Tatham as Ed.
Finally, South African Calvyn Grandling will play Simba, while up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini will be Nala.
The scenic and grand production display of The Lion King Musical. Photo via Joan Marcus.
“Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have brought together a truly diverse company, representing 12 countries in this production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences in the Asian Countries to share an indelible theatrical experience for the first time, with this talented cast,” said Thomas Schumacher, president, and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.
“After six months of intensive auditions, we have been able to bring together a truly international group of performers that will showcase talent from almost every corner of the world. From seasoned professionals to actors making their professional debut, this company of ‘The Lion King’ will be sure to delight and amaze audiences as we tour this phenomenal production around the globe,” said international tour producer Michael Cassel.
Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score and arrangements to “The Lion King,” was proud of the cast. He said that the cast that they have assembled features many of South Africa’s most exciting talents.
A MUST-WATCH EVENT OF 2018
Did you know that the Lion King was performed in eight different languages? That includes Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese? It is also the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide, running for 15 or more years.
So mark your calendars and book the best seats in the house for The Lion King 2018!